Your child was regular to class, completed homework, studied hard and was confident that he had a grip on the material he studied. He went confidently to the exam hall but after the exam he looked sad and low as he could not perform well. He reports that while in the exam he experienced feeling of blank out, freezing up and feeling too nervous due to which he was unable to recall everything that he learnt and was not able to respond to the exam questions. If this is what your child says happens then he/she might be undergoing "exam anxiety", a type of performance anxiety where taking a test becomes the most difficult task for the child. The child often gets distracting thoughts of failure or of inadequate performance.
Almost everyone feels nervous or experiences some anxiety when faced with an exam. It is natural to feel some anxiety when preparing for and taking a test. However, too much anxiety about a test can interfere with your child's studying, and they may have difficulty learning and remembering and ultimately the performance gets effected. Sometimes poor performance arises not because of intellectual problems or poor academic preparation, but because testing situations create a sense of threat for those experiencing test anxiety
Some of the common causes of test anxiety are:
• Fear of failure.
• Perfectionism (where the child thinks anything less than a A grade is a failure)
• Highly ambitious (aiming for standards beyond their abilities)
• Parental pressure
• Lack of preparation.
• Poor test history.
Physical symptoms : Which involves headache, nausea, diarrhea, excessive sweating, shortness of breath, rapid heartbeat, light-headedness and feeling dizzy.. Test anxiety can also lead to a panic attack, which is the abrupt onset of intense fear or discomfort in which individuals may feel like they are unable to breathe or having a heart attack.
Emotional symptoms : Feelings of anger, irritability, depression, crying spells fear, helplessness and disappointment are common emotional responses to test anxiety.
Behavioral/Cognitive symptoms: Difficulty concentrating, thinking negatively, fidgeting, avoidance, going blank, negative self- talk, difficulty organizing thoughts and comparing oneself to others are common symptoms of test anxiety.
So if during exam your child:
• Feels like he/she "go blank"?
• Become frustrated?
• Continuously keeps thinking "I can't do this" or "I'm stupid"?
• Feel their heart racing or find it difficult to breathe?
• Score much lower than on homework or papers?
• Become distracted?
• Feel overwhelmed
He/ she is suffering from test or exam anxiety, Anxiety creates a kind of "mental block" in the brain that blocks our ability to retrieve what is stored in memory and also greatly impairs our ability to comprehend and reason. Hence it is very necessary to deal with a child's exam anxiety at the right time. Please do visit to ABHAYA HOSPITAL or Call us +91 - 9945599827 (Between 9:00am-6:00pm)